Camp Solelim is a sleepover camp designed for Jewish teens entering Grade 9 and/or Grade 10. For over 50 summers, teens have been having the time of their lives at Solelim through sports, arts, waterfront, outdoor adventure, leadership development and exceptional programming. Our dedicated staff provide campers with opportunities to celebrate what makes everyone unique and to discover what it means to be a part of a community. At Solelim, our campers learn to be themselves, try new things, increase their independence and grow as leaders. They develop meaningful connections with Israel, Jewish values, the great outdoors and, of course, each other.
Nestled in the forests and lakes of Ontario's beautiful north, Solelim is a place where lifelong friendships are formed and where teens become the best versions of themselves.
COMMUNITY. GROWTH. CONNECTION:
Solelim is unique because everything about camp – our staff, our programming, our facilities and even our food – is tailored towards 14 and 15 year olds. At camp, we have three core values:
1. COMMUNITY: we strive to cultivate a culture of inclusivity, to celebrate individuality and to encourage each other. We want campers to understand the power of their actions and what it means to be part of something that’s bigger than themselves.
2. GROWTH: camp is designed to empower campers to have ownership over their own experience. We give them a lot of choice, and we also challenge them to venture beyond their comfort zone. In doing so, we increase their confidence, independence and self-reliance.
3. CONNECTION: we want campers to form meaningful relationships with nature, with their Jewish identity and with Israel, with the staff and, of course, with each other!
At Solelim, there is no such thing as an ordinary day.
Water sports: Waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming lessons (optional), water trampoline, water polo and beach games can be enjoyed during electives or daily camp-wide General Swim.
Land sports: Football, basketball, floor hockey, baseball, volleyball, weight training, fitness, yoga and running are available through our many athletic electives or during free time.
Outdoor adventure: Our tripping program offers campers the chance to explore Ontario's beautiful national parks and to learn navigation, outdoor cooking and other wilderness skills. Our tripping staff provide campers with a safe yet challenging adventure.
Creative arts: Learn to play or jam with friends on acoustic or electric guitar, keyboard, bass and drums; paint, bead, sculpt, tie dye, make your own jewelry and clothes in arts and crafts; or dance, sing and perform in our drama and dance programs.
Evening programs: There's nothing generic about our nightly programming. We bring back favourites like Dancing with the Staff, Solsheaga, Casino Night and Dodgeball each summer, but most of our evening programs are developed from scratch year after year by our creative staff.
Special days: Every year, campers look forward to special programming days including Maccabia (Colour War), Israel Day and the Northern Lights Music Festival. During Rookie and Post Week, each unit has the chance to bond by doing unique, fun and interesting programs together.
Reality shows: Outwit, outplay, outlast on Survivor, dazzle the judges in Hell's Kitchen, live the knight's life on LAIRE, sprint to victory in the Amazing Race, or show off your skills in our Arts, Athletic or Academic Decathlons. No matter their passion, campers have a chance to go for glory and celebrate their uniqueness.
Leadership Development: Campers look forward to their weekly leadership workshops that build teamwork skills, communication and perseverance. Our alumni often credit these programs with helping them find their voice and gaining the confidence to take on leadership roles in school, work and the community.
JEWISH IDENTITY & ISRAEL
Solelim is non-denominational and pluralistic Jewish community. We believe in fostering meaningful connections with Jewish values, traditions and Israel. Through innovative and creative programming, campers are given the opportunity to explore Jewish culture and values on their own terms. They are encouraged to have open dialogue and to question each other and staff about issues. Campers are empowered to discover what about Judaism speaks to them.
Israel at Camp: At Solelim, we don’t “teach” Israel: we experience it with all our senses. The sounds of Israeli top 40 echoing through the campsite. The colourful building signs in Hebrew and in English. The smell of zatar sprinkled on top of pita roasted over an open campfire. Learning matkot on the beach. Israel at camp is our beloved Israeli staff and campers who connect us with contemporary music, film, dance, cuisine and culture. It is the everlasting friendships and the feeling of having family no matter which continent you live on.
Shabbat: It's the smell of fresh baked challah from the chadar. It's watching the sunset from the beach with your arms around your best friends. It's losing your voice singing songs at the top of your lungs and then dancing until you can't feel your feet anymore. It's Saturday morning sleep-ins and cinnamon buns. It's taking the time to reflect on all you accomplished last week and looking forward to what lies ahead. Shabbat at Solelim is about forming your own special traditions and feeling a part of something bigger.